Gaines Academy K8 Girls A Basketball team beat West Gate K8 Girls B team with a score of 29 to 12, going undefeated in the regular season. Savannah Houle and Michaela Kelly were the high scorers with 13 points and 9 points, respectively. Pictured, top row from left, are Antonnette Boothe, Savannah Houle, Tashonna Deval, Breanna Williams, and Stephane Destile. Bottom row, from left, are Duvy Hurtado, Sharmane Saunders, Michaela Kelly, and Cherise Johnson.
During a writing lesson, second grade teacher Mikki Greer from Gaines Academy became aware that some of the students had never made a fort out of blankets. The next day the class looked at pictures of different types of forts and even created a few of their own. The forts were used for quiet reading during 100 Book Challenge. The students reading in their fort, from left, are Anthony Aguiniga, Jesus Andrade, and Jason Jacques.
Students in Julia Melville’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary have been studying different types of landforms and bodies of water in Social Studies. Pictured, from left, Yasmine Joseph-Beausejour, Armani Richardson, Emma Brosnihan, and Megan Kriska are building models of landforms, using salt dough, and then painting the landforms and bodies of water. Students were excited to be able to use the knowledge they had gained, to represent the landforms in a physical state.
St. Lucie Elementary sponsored an ELL Parent Council Workshop and family spaghetti dinner. Parents and students participated in “make and take” activities in reading, writing, and math. Fifth grade student Kaylee Cendejas, pictured at left, is working on a project as teachers Leigh Bretherick and Theresa Brown, and Kaylee’s sister Stacy, watch her progress.
Kristie Wuycheck and Vanessa Solomon’s kindergarten classrooms at Fairlawn Elementary School have became virtual butterfly gardens of learning! Boys and girls from both classrooms learned about the butterfly’s life cycle, then participated in a live butterfly cycle project. The students were able to follow the full life cycle from a “hungry” caterpillar, to fascinating chrysalis, and finally into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies!! Watching this remarkable transformation helped to give the students a profound understanding of the delicate life cycle of the Painted Lady butterfly.
Morningside Elementary fourth grade students enjoy a presentation using puppets of prehistoric animals provided by Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. Along with their presentation they had the opportunity to interact with learning & development facilitator Indria Sukhraj from the institute.
Pictured, from left, are Morningside Elementary School fourth grade students Alexa Portillo, Kate Cook, Serra Aims and Jaquelin Cruz engaging in activities preparing for FCAT writing. Students had the opportunity to engage in various activities led by Deb Hitsman related to FCAT writing.
Morningside Elementary School students in Rose Pazos’ fifth grade class have been maintaining a garden they planted with coaching from science teacher Mar Lou Jennings. The garden includes a sensory area, a flower area, and a vegetable area. The vegetables include broccoli, mustards, tomatoes, turnips, eggplant, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and purple and green cabbage.
Exceptional education teacher Mary Joann Trubisky from Windmill Point Elementary School was announced as the 2013 Teacher of the Year, and Weatherbee Elementary School behavior technician Francesca Petrocelli was named 2012 School Related Employee of the Year for St. Lucie County Public Schools at the annual Night of the Stars celebration held February 25, 2012, at Lincoln Park Academy, co-sponsored by the school district and the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. Both winners will continue on to regional competition. Also honored were Outstanding First Year Teacher Kelli Siters of Port St. Lucie High School and Distinguished Minority Educator Harry Belafonte Williams of Fort Pierce Central High School, both local recognitions. Pictured, front row, from left, are: 2012 School Related Employee of the Year Francesca Petrocelli; 2013 Teacher of the Year Mary Joann Trubisky; seated, Outstanding First Year Teacher Kelli Siters; Pamela Houghton of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, sponsor of the Outstanding First Year Teacher award; Distinguished Minority Educator Harry Belafonte Williams; and Linda Fitzpatrick of Keiser University, sponsor of the Distinguished Minority Educator award. Back row, from left, are: St. Lucie Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia, also representing Teacher of the Year award sponsor The Morganti Group; Paul Colby, also of The Morganti Group; Richard Houghton of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; and Education Foundation president Michael Waninger.
Allapattah Flats middle grades students recently held first-ever student-led conferences in their reading classes. These conferences provided an opportunity for the students to reflect upon their successes during the year and show their data binders, which included their tests scores and academic work with their parents. This was a positive opportunity for the students to emphasize their strengths, acknowledge their challenges, and with their parents’ support, plan their approach for the next semester. Students did a great job communicating with their families about their education and goals. Pictured is seventh grade Student Antonio Riberal discussing his reading progress throughout the year with his mother AnnMarie Riberal.
Third graders at Allapattah Flats have been studying plant and animal life cycles in science class. On a recent field trip, students had the opportunity to visit the Savannas Preserve Park. Students went netting in the water to search for and observe various living organisms. Students were also introduced to some unique plant life and taught about what the early settlers of this area used these plants for in their everyday lives. Pictured is Connor Cook from Randi Pierson’s class eagerly investigating his net in the hope of finding some living organisms.
Pictured from left, third grade students Mariana Trujillo-Naranjo, Lauren Bishop, Connor Cook and Gabriel Vernon work hard on preparing their representation of St. Lucie County 100 years from now. All Allapattah Flats third graders enjoyed imagining the community 100 years from today, they read books and watched a video of other predictions before coming up with their own ideas of future communication, transportation, shelter and even food. Their projects are displayed at the St. Lucie County Fair.
Northport K-8 Northstar team prepared a special celebration for the school’s younger students recently. Students made Mardi Gras masks and mini floats using materials brought in from home and marched in a Mardi gras parade. The band students on the team led the festivities with their own rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In!” Students threw beads and candies to the young onlookers. The activities planned by the team instructors throughout the day led to an effective lesson about Mardi Gras and promoted positive interactions among students and teachers. Pictured is student Sabrina Wing.
F.K. Sweet Elementary is very fortunate to have former teacher Tom Filipkowski return to volunteer his time in continuing the ever popular Chess Club on Thursday mornings. The Chess Club has always been a favorite with intermediate students. Not only are the skills of the game and high level thinking covered, but the love of the game and sportsmanship is also stressed.
Southport Middle School student Hannah Spurr heads to state competition in the local DAR American History Essay Contest and the Good Citizen Award contest sponsored by the Cora Stickney Harper branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A celebratory tea was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Ft. Pierce. Pictured are Spurr and other local winners from Southport Middle School with St. Lucie Public Schools’ K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor Tim Norfleet and Karen Evans, representatives from the Cora Stickney Harper branch. From left are Tim Norfleet, Karen Evans, Hannah Spurr, Sydney Starnes, Lisa Guan and Adriana Garcia.
Port St. Lucie High School recently hosted the Region III Skills USA carpentry competition, in which three students from Port St. Lucie High School took top honors. Cody Gosa won first place, Diamond Salazar finished second, and Christian Nowacki completed the sweep for the Jaguars with a third place finish. Cody, who is a senior, will represent the region at the state competition next month. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Pictured is automotive technology teacher Bob Rosbury who also serves as a SkillsUSA state advisor trainer, with Cody Gosa, Diamond Salazer and Christian Nowacki.
Having already qualified through regional events held earlier this month, a goup of 21 Allied Health students from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools and their instructors head to the Florida Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Championships to be held March 30-April 1, 2012. Meanwhile 46 additional students from Fort Pierce Central, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast high schools will travel to several technical centers in Polk and Orange Counties soon to participate in many other Region III SkillsUSA technical and leadership competitions. Criminal Justice students from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central high schools will also compete locally in SkillsUSA Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Justice contests. Gold and silver medalists from all of these events will qualify to participate in the Florida SkillsUSA Championships to be held April 29-May 2, 2012. Pictured is the HOSA team from Fort Pierce Westwood High and their instructor Cindy Kreis. Front row, from left, Stephanie Honeycutt, Chelsea Coggins, Coraima Gomez, Tiffany Harry, Ms. Kreis, and Jasmine Loussant. Back row, from left, Unity Wiggins, State Finalist Everett Ramos, Shavela Vaughn, Maeonna Wright, Hannah Bauer, State Finalist Dustin Tuckett, Sabrina Cuker, Nicole Bohaboj, Jonathan Barrow, State Finalist Tiffany Stonesifer, and Kristen Brunson.
Mariposa Elementary School recently hosted a Family Math Night, where parents learned ways to help their children with homework, math games and activities the family could do at home together. This sort of family participation has been shown to increase a child’s confidence in his or her ability to do math, as well as teach students and parents to value mathematics. Parents learned how to identify opportunities for reinforcing mathematics skills at home by talking about how they use math at work or at home, by involving their children in tasks that require computing, measuring, estimating, building, problem solving and reasoning, and by looking for activities that require their children to use mathematical skills, such as building scale models, cooking, planning trips, and playing logic games. Parents met and interacted with administrators, teachers across the grade levels and the math coach to obtain valuable information about the mathematics curriculum and enjoy a pasta dinner and door prizes. Special thanks to Dr. Peter Zsiga from Indian River State College, the PTO, Jonathan Almedia for posing with his math cards, and the Mariposa Elementary teachers who created many fun and engaging activities designed to promote student achievement.